Orange Inspiration

img_8002I believe that design inspiration can strike at any time, sometimes when you least expect it.  In the case of our guest room it came in the form of an orange metal side table at our local Gordmans.   When I walked by it, I knew instantly it could be a perfect night stand for our guest room.  Even though we didn’t have a stitch of orange in our house, I loved the color and the design so I decided to run with it.

Once I opened my eyes and mind to this new color addition, it was a fun challenge to search out coordinating pieces to go in the room.  Never did I imagine we would have a guest room full of orange.  I had always thought soothing colors like soft blues, greens & were more appropriate.  However, I think the end result is a warm and welcoming space for our guests.


BONUS: let’s not ignore the fact that this color is perfect for the season




Builder Beige

I have been meaning to write a post on this for awhile and decided to take advantage of my downtime at home. Let me first me preface this post by saying we have a lovely home in a lovely neighborhood so the following is by no means a complaint, just a current design struggle….

Our house was built in 2009, the first phase of a neighborhood development that finished in early 2015.  When we bought this house in December of 2014 there had only been one owner, an elderly woman, who kept it immaculate.  Everything was in nearly new condition but there was (and mostly still is) what I refer to as builder beige throughout.

Many have likely heard this term before… contractor (or builder) beige.  Starting years ago there was a transition from white to tan (beige) as the go-to neutral for staging & spec homes.  More recently grey is becoming the more commonly used neutral.  But alas, we have lots of beige.

We have beige walls, tile, kitchen countertops & carpet.   The only thing we have done to remedy this thus far has been removing the carpet in the living room & replacing with a laminate plank floor.  In our main living areas we have furniture & accessories with pops of red which does help keep it from feeling too bland.

We have been debating what to tackle first…tile ? countertops?  Currently I am leaning towards replacing the tile, which is the same in our entry, kitchen, guest bath, laundry & master bath.  I am fairly certain it was probably on the end cap of a home improvement store as the 97 cent per square foot special.  There is nothing wrong with this, it just doesn’t have much (any) personality.  I will keep you posted once we decide to make a move.

What would you do first? Does your home suffer from a case of builder beige? 


Simple Sunday Subs

I wanted to make something today that would require very little effort on my part since I am not back to feeling 100%.   So I decided on one of our standby favorites…meatball subs.  

The ingredients are simple and they are super easy to make, just what I needed for today.

  • Frozen meatballs
  • Spaghetti/pizza sauce
  • Provolone cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Banana pepper rings
  • Hoagie Rolls
  • Olive oil (I used garlic infused)

Optional: Extra seasoning, I like to add a little sriracha

  • Add sauce & seasoning to frozen meatballs in crock pot
  • Cook on low for about 4 hours

  • Slice hoagie rolls & open on baking sheet
  • Lightly brush on olive oil
  • Add provolone cheese & sprinkle with Parmesan

  • Bake @ 350 for 5-7 minutes until cheese is melted
  • Add meatballs
  • Garnish with banana pepper rings & extra Parmesan 
  • Enjoy! (Preferably while watching football)